Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Everything's growing!!

Decisions have been made about the use of the top part of the garden which has been
hiding under weed-suppressant for about 9 months!  First of all we experimented with the bench to see if placing it against the west-facing fence would suit...it does as it catches the sun for most of the day. Second decision...put raised bed in middle and planted up with veg that will more of less look after themselves and won't mind when it's back in full shade. (Pic taken sitting on bench). And third, we've sunk two posts (pic of one of them below) to take wires for the apple cordon.
Meanwhile the rest of the garden is changing every day. The joy of growing perennials is seeing old favourites rise up every year. Sadly some of these are reaching the end of their days so will have to do some replacing this autumn...which will be great fun as I'll probably do some major reshaping of the beds.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Back in the UK

Am giving you an update a little early as things have changed quite a lot in our small garden - as you will see!

The first thing I saw! Our poor little shed has died. It obviously fell flat on its face during a storm so we've decided to get rid of it altogether. Did I tell you we can be quite ruthless!!

But despite this mayhap we're delighted with the plants that are obviously enjoying the mild, damp weather.......

Monday, 27 May 2013

Last Post from Symi

 We're going home in a couple of days time where I hope to share some somes of life in our garden despite the cold temperatures!  Meanwhile I shall leave you will some images taken on this beautiful little Greek island that we love so much.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

We're still on Symi!

We're still enjoying a profusion of flowers despite the rise in temperature.  Soon it will just be pelargoniums and bourgainvillea as they are about the only flowers that can cope with the very high temperatures here from June to September. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Symi in bloom.

Such beautiful flowers to enjoy here on Symi until the heat sends most of them into hibernation until next Spring. 

It's good to see a fellow gardener tending his precious plot.  We've noticed that more gardens have a combined use of vegetables/flowers nowadays. Sign of the times but hopefully the owners are enjoying their homegrown veggies once more. So far we've seen toms, potatoes,courgettes, onions, salad leaves, rocket, herbs (mint and basil - oregano and thyme grow in profusion all over the island). Some people are lucky to own orange and lemon trees too.

This poor plant is suffering from the winter battering of ferocious rains...hopefully it will rally. Will check when we come back in September.